7 World's Most Popular Myths About Coronavirus
The Guardian has named the world's most popular myths about the coronavirus. Christina Pagel, Director of Clinical Operational Research at University College London, explained them in her article. She explained which facts about COVID-19 have been confirmed by science and which are just speculation.
A COVID-19 patient is not contagious if he or she has no symptoms of the disease
According to a British expert, people who never have symptoms of COVID-19 are less infectious than others, but they may still have a high viral load and can transmit the virus. That said, since people who feel well are more likely to be outside than those who don't feel well, they contribute greatly to the spread of the virus. People without symptoms are responsible for more than half of new infections, the article's author claims.
Once fully vaccinated, a person with COVID-19 is not contagious
According to Pagel, many cases of COVID-19 infections by fully vaccinated people have been documented, including severe ones. Vaccines are 50% to 60% effective in preventing infection, the expert clarified. At the same time, in the early stages of infection, vaccinated people have the same high viral load as unvaccinated people.
There is no need for a vaccine after having had coronavirus
This is not true. Having COVID-19 does give protection against reinfection, but it is not as good as protection after vaccination. Immunity after vaccination lasts longer and is more resistant to new variants, the story says.
Vaccine not necessary if immunity is good
Even with a strong immune system, you can get very sick with coronavirus, including ending up in the hospital and dying, Pagel warns.
For children, COVID poses no risk
Children are at much lower risk for severe or long-term COVID than adults, but they can still encounter it, the article notes.
Masks are not effective
вЂњCOVID-19 is mostly airborne and spread by people breathing, talking, shouting, and singing,вЂќ Pagel writes, stressing that masks prevent breathing in another person's face.
вЂњThis wave of coronavirus will be the lastвЂњ
The author of the article reminds us that the situation is unpredictable, and many experts expect the incidence of coronavirus to increase again with the onset of autumn and winter.
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